M.Sc. Intellectual Property Law

Hanken School of Economics

Application deadline: 28 February
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2014, August  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Combine Legal and Business Studies - Get the Best of Both Worlds at Hanken

In the era of digitalisation the importance of intellectual property law is growing. In other words, to safeguard both patents and brands more and more companies need people who are experts in the field. To answer this demand Hanken offers you the opportunity to specialise in the field of intellectual property law through our Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law. Will you be the IPL expert of tomorrow?

The programme offers an international atmosphere of high academic standard. It provides you with outstanding networks for the future and a wide range of career opportunities. Our close co-operation with industry keeps us at the forefront of developments in IP law.

The Master's Degree Programme in combines legal and business studies, ensuring that you get a solid expertise in both areas. The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (M.Sc.(Econ.)).

The programme is administered by the Department of Commercial Law and implemented in close co-operation with IPR University Center, which is the leading academic intellectual property law institution in Finland. The department's expertise lies in the core areas of business law and Intellectual Property Law has been recognised as one of the areas that Hanken excels in. The courses are taught by our internationally renowned faculty members, in co-operation with professors from leading universities in the EU and the USA and highly qualified practitioners.


Programme Structure
The programme includes courses in the following subjects:

* Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
* International Intellectual Property Law
* Law and Economics of Intellectual Property
* IP Law in the Information Society
* Advanced Intellectual Property Law
* Literature course in Intellectual Property Law
* Nordic IP Moot Court Competition I
* Nordic IP Moot Court Competition II
* Financial Statements Analysis and Evaluation (Accounting)

In addition to the compulsory courses, the programme allows for a wide range of elective courses in, for example, Law, Finance, Marketing, Business administration, Accounting and languages at Hanken and various universities in the Helsinki area. We help you combine the best of both worlds by building a meaningful, individual programme to suit your future career goals.


The basic requirements for applying to a Master's Degree Programme at Hanken are:

* A completed Bachelor's degree
* A GMAT or GRE test score (optional for applicants to the Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law)
* English proficiency
* A sufficient background in economic sciences

Hanken uses the University Admissions Finland application services for admission to the Master's Degree Programmes in English. If you are interested in applying for admission, you can create a user account, even if there is no ongoing application period. As soon as the application period begins, you can log on to your account and finish your application.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


Hanken International Master's Student Scholarship
Hanken offers a limited number of scholarships for international master's degree students. The scholarship amount is EUR 6000 per year for two years (EUR 12 000 in total). In order to be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant has to fulfill all of the following criteria:

* the applicant should have foreign (non-Finnish) citizenship
* the applicant's permanent residence should be outside Finland at the time of application
* the applicant's previous degree should be from a non-Finnish higher education institution (applicants currently studying at a Finnish higher education institution are not eligible for a scholarship)
* the applicant should move to Finland in order to study at Hanken
* the applicant should not be entiteld to student financial aid through the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA)

The scholarship application is submitted at the same time as the application for admission to the chosen Master's Degree Programme at Hanken. There will be a specific question regarding the scholarship on the application form and therefore no separate application is needed.

The scholarship is paid in four installments of EUR 1500 during the first year and in two installments of EUR 3000 during the second year. In order to recieve the first installment the student must have completed at least 6 credits after the first exam week. The second installment is paid if the student has completed at least 22 credits in total after the second exam week. The third installment is paid after the third exam week if the student has completed at least 36 credits in total and the fourth installment after the fourth exam week if the student has completed at least 52 credits in total.

The first installment of the second year is paid after the second exam week if the student has completed at least 78 credits in total. The final installment will be paid if the student has completed his or her master's degree by the first graduation day of the following academic year.

Scholarships are awarded in order of merit and the selection criteria are the same as for admission to the Master's Degree Programmes (academic performance, GMAT/GRE test score and motivation). Scholarship applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection at the same time as the admission results are released. Scholarship recipients will receive more detailed information with their admission package.

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